More on the story of how Epson tricked its customers into installing a fake “update” to their printers so that they would stop accepting third-party and refilled ink cartridges: not only does this force Epson customers to pay more for ink, but it puts everyone on the internet at risk, by teaching people not to update their devices…

https://boingboing.net/2018/10/15/sleazy-output.html

A Russian hacker who calls himself “Alexey” is infiltrating insecure networks and adding security patches to Latvian-made MikroTik routers so they “can’t be abused by cryptojackers, botnet herders, or other cyber-criminals,” reports ZDNet. Alexey claims to have secured over 100,000 MikroTik routers so far. A security expert told ZDNet that over 420,000 MikroTik routers have been hijacked to mine cryptocurrency on the sly…

https://boingboing.net/2018/10/12/vigilante-server-administrator.html

A new Trojan has been unmasked by researchers which pretends to be a Google service on infected Android devices.

The malware, dubbed “GPlayed,” is a Trojan which labels itself “Google Play Marketplace” and uses a very similar icon to the standard Google Play app in order to dupe victims into believing the software is legitimate…

https://www.zdnet.com/article/this-trojan-masquerades-as-google-play-to-hide-on-your-phone/

A major US telecommunications company discovered a foreign implant in a server back in August, according to a new report by Bloomberg. It’s the first time a source has decided to go on the record to corroborate the claims made in a report by the publication last week, alleging that Chinese spies were able to compromise servers belonging to 30 of the US’s top tech companies through the use of hardware manipulations…

https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/9/17955848/supermicro-telecom-server-hack-apple-amazon

Google is shutting down its Google+ social network.

A software glitch exposed the private information of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users between 2015 and March 2018, when the company became aware of the breach, according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal.
Google chose not to disclose this information out of fear of regulatory pressure and bad PR, The Journal reports.

Many people probably aren’t aware if they even have a Google+ account — here’s how to check…

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-check-if-you-have-a-google-plus-account-and-delete-2018-10

Apple has introduced software locks that will effectively prevent independent and third-party repair on 2018 MacBook Pro computers, according to internal Apple documents obtained by Motherboard. The new system will render the computer “inoperative” unless a proprietary Apple “system configuration” software is run after parts of the system are replaced…

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/yw9qk7/macbook-pro-software-locks-prevent-independent-repair

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, is launching a startup that seeks to rival Facebook, Amazon and Google.

The technology legend’s latest project, Inrupt, is a company that builds off of Berners-Lee’s open source platform Solid. Solid allows users to choose where their data is stored and what people are allowed to have access to what information…

https://www.newsweek.com/inventor-world-wide-web-plans-new-internet-rival-google-facebook-1145086

Facebook got hacked, it revealed on Friday — and 50 million users’ accounts were compromised.

What’s more, if the victims logged into other services — like Tinder, Instagram, or Spotify — with their Facebook accounts, those might be affected to.

It’s not clear whether the attackers did this, but the possibility may force companies that rely on Facebook’s login system to launch their own investigations.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was among the 50 million affected users…

https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-hack-tinder-instagram-spotify-accounts-2018-9